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Friday’s Rugby News

Fridays Rugby News sees speculation on the Wallabies coach, The World Cup final, First Nations Sevens and, Signings for the Reds.


 

 

Wallabies Coaching Roulette

Happy Eddie Jones at the post-match press conference.

When the ARU sacked Eddie in 2005 I was pretty much on board because that Eddie thought the scrum was dead and he’d managed to drop his win/loss record to 58%. Eddie once said, and I’m paraphrasing here because I have a crap memory, that ‘scrums only take up five minutes of a game so that’s how much time we spend on them at training. He then overreacted with the Qld Reds and built their game around scrums, lineouts and forward hit-ups. It was glorious! But I digress.

What would we, Australian rugby fans, give for 58% now? Foxsport has an article speculating on whether Eddie might be interested in the Wallabies job now. Tim Horan reckons he wouldn’t be interested. And, this time, he may be right.

This from the article:

Jones’ side will meet South Africa in the final on Saturday, having engineered Australia’s demise in the quarter-finals before a dominant win over New Zealand in the semi-finals.

That run has led to widespread cries for Rugby Australia (RA) to prioritise Jones’ return to replace Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach.

It is understood RA have contacted Jones to gauge his interest, with the Australian currently contracted to England until 2021.

“I think Australian rugby will look elsewhere,” the Wallabies’ two-time World Cup winner told Fox Sports.

“They definitely will ask Eddie Jones the question, ‘do you want to come back at some stage to Australia and can you break your contract?’

“But you’d expect if you win this World Cup you go back to England and Eddie Jones will build this dynasty of this England team.”

The good news is someone has actually asked Eddie if he would be interested. There’d be a few more Aussies I’d add to if they’ve sounded out, Scott Wisemantel, Matt Taylor and, Les Kiss would be at the top.

 

The World Cup Final

Billy Vunipola on the charge

There is only one game that punters are talking about and that’s the world cup final. England are red hot favourites to beat South Africa and have named an unchanged side from last week. South Africa have bought back inform winger Cheslin Kolbe who by all accounts was fit to play last week but was held back because he couldn’t train on Monday.

There are articles about the game all over the place. Billy Vunipola response to Lood De Jagers “the only way we know is fighting fire with fire” was pretty straight forward.

“It is a similar threat to New Zealand and as you saw on Sunday they are very big people but then again we have a few big blokes on our team,” said Vunipola. “They have already come out and said they want to fight fire with fire and I guess we return it by saying: ‘bring it on’. It is a final and one of those things you have to front up to and one of their biggest assets and something we have been working on. Like Eddie has mentioned they have many different threats and one is their forward pack.”

Eddie Jones was on fire with this.

“We want to play with no fear on Saturday, just get out there and play the game,” said Jones, who takes charge of England for the 50th time. “We know South Africa aren’t going to give us the game, they are going to come hard. We’ve got to meet their physicality but we are looking forward to that and being able to impose our game on them.

“We can definitely play better, there’s no doubt about it. The players know that. I have been so impressed by the preparation of players throughout the tournament and particularly this week, there’s a steeliness about them but also a nice relaxed feeling because they know they’ve done the work so they can get on with the job.”

And Rassie Erasmus had this on his mind.

“Getting to this stage is not enough for this team,” said Erasmus, who took over at the beginning of last year when the Springboks were in disarray. “We may not be the favourites, but the players will leave nothing in the tank. At the end of the day, all you can ask is that they leave nothing on the field. If you are beaten by the better team, that’s life.

“We were a bit nervous when we lost Cheslin before the semi-final. We have good cover there, but he is world-class as he has always shown when playing for us. He has that x-factor and with the way England defend it is something we will definitely need.”

First Nations Sevens

First Nations Sevens

A special milestone will be made this weekend when the First Nations Sevens teams make their national debut at the Western Sydney 7s at Lidcombe Oval.

24 up-and-coming stars from across Australia will compete in front of thousands of fans over two massive days of Rugby.

For most, it will be their first time donning a jersey which will no doubt spark plenty of passion and determination.

First Nations Sevens Coach Jarred Hodges said: ‘’This will be the first time the two sides have represented the games’ governing body and with that carries a huge amount of pride.

‘’We have selected two very talented teams who will play fast and instinctive Rugby. Now we will be keeping an eye on those who can execute their skills under pressure.

While this is a development program, we are wanting to fast-track several players to the top within the next 12 months so here’s their chance to shine,’’ said Hodges.

The squads were given a taste of what’s to come at their first official training camp at Rugby Australia’s High-Performance Centre last weekend where their skills were put to the test against the Australian Sevens teams.

‘’The camp wasn’t just about the Rugby, the squads also attended a careers expo with the Australian Defence Force as well as met the La Perouse Lands Council and Wallabies great Lloyd Walker who took them on an important cultural walk, ‘’ said Hodges.

The Western Sydney 7s kicks off on Saturday at 10:00 am with 14 male and six female teams battling it out for the silverware.

Following this event, the First Nations Sevens squads will head up north to compete at the Hottest 7s tournament in Darwin from November 16-17.

Women’s squad:
Courtney Currie, Taree
Tshinta Kendall, Gold Coast
Lilly-Ann Mason, Forbes
Kobe Nona, Canberra
Jana-Lee Conroy, Brewarrina
Renae Nona, Brisbane
Alahna Ryan, Dubbo
Breanna Green, Port Macquarie
Leilanie Andrews, Taree
Kazzia Lammon, Brisbane
Hagiga Moseby, Thursday Island
Keisha-Leigh Coolwell, Brisbane

Men’s squad:
Mark O’Dare, Sydney
Dylan McIachlan, Wagga Wagga
Tyson Fuller, Sydney
Denzel Burns, Toowoomba
Bailey Collins, Sydney
Isiah Kawane, Townsville
Hudson Berry, Sydney
Danny Allende, Sydney
Deon Evans-Ao, Penrith
Jordan Remfrey, Sydney
Tyrone Phillips, Sydney
Tareq Parter, Townsville

 

Reds Re-sign Young Gun Jock Campbell

Jock Campbell makes a break

Look, I’m not ashamed to say I’m way too cheap to pay for news. So when I read a headline stating something like Jock Campbell almost lost to french rugby I clicked the link, got paywalled, and walked away. The fact that a very young player like Jock was on their radar is very worrying for our game though.

Later there was an email from the Reds spruiking his signing along with an extension for young Harry Hoopert.

On a side note, what’s with Harry Hoopert? What kind of a prop has a waistline? Come Harry you’re making the rest of us look bad. Eat some chips or something.

Jock has signed until 2022 and Harry until 2023

Reds outside back Jock Campbell said: “I am really excited to extend my time here at Ballymore.

“Queensland is my home, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue playing in front of my family and friends.

“I look forward to being a part of this special organisation for the next three years,” said Campbell.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s great to have Jock Campbell remain with us for another three years.

“Jock is a genuine product of the club Rugby system who’s come into our program and made the most of his opportunity.

“He was rewarded for his hard work when he made his Queensland debut this year in Africa. He went on to win our Rookie of the Year award which is a great achievement. We look forward to seeing Jock continue his development here at Queensland,” said Thorn.

A product of The Southport School, Campbell went on to excel in Queensland Premier Rugby and played a key part in three straight Grand Final appearances for the University of Queensland – including two Hospital Challenge Cup premierships in 2017 and 2019.

Campbell has also been an integral member of Bond University Queensland Country for the past three seasons which included winning the National Rugby Championship (NRC) title in 2017.

Following his standout form in both the NRC and Queensland Premier Rugby, he was awarded a Reds contract during the 2018/19 pre-season.

Campbell was handed his Super Rugby debut in Round 9 against the Bulls in Pretoria this past season and went on to play eight more matches and score two tries for Queensland.

Recent St.George Queensland Reds re-signings
Harry Hoopert (2023)
Isaac Lucas (2023)
Izack Rodda (2023)
Harry Wilson (2023)
Fraser McReight (2023)
Tate McDermott (2023)
Angus Blyth (2023)
Taniela Tupou (2023)
Jock Campbell (2022)
Alex Mafi (2022)
Hamish Stewart (2022)
Jordan Petaia (2022)
Liam Wright (2021)
Angus Scott-Young (2021)
Bryce Hegarty (2021)
Brandon Paenga-Amosa (2021)
Feao Fotuaika (2021)
Chris Feauai-Sauita (2020)

 

  • Custard Taht

    There once was a team of Poms
    Who at the World cup dropped bombs
    In the final they rocked
    And blew out the bok
    Singing swing low sweet chariot all night long

    • Missing Link

      There once was a bloke named Garces
      who’s reffing was a little bit fez
      he pulled a red card
      on Farrell the tard
      and told him to use his armes

      • Missing Link

        There once was a bloke named Ben Skeen
        Who shouldn’t be heard nor seen
        he ruined the cup
        with a major fuck up
        and was looking at the wrong bloody screen

        • onlinesideline

          there once was a coach called Jones
          who heard nothing but local groans
          he told them to shove it
          went north where they love it
          and soon will be given his own throne

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          Perhaps Eddie should start with the moniker ‘The Chancellor’. As in, ‘of the ex Cheika’.

        • onlinesideline

          mate thats brilliant

  • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

    The Jaapies are bloody big codgers
    Who can all tackle better than Reece Hodges
    It’s the game they play in heaven
    I’ll say the ‘Boks win by seven
    So get that up ya, all you soap dodgers

    • Custard Taht

      There was a big group of Saffas
      Who thought they were a team of Raffas
      They met the English rose
      Got banged like a bunch of hoes
      And joined the Kiwis as a bunch of gaffas.

      • Hoss

        The Wallabies held a camp in Nantucket, but at the World Cup Cheik……..

        • Yowie

          From Cooper to Karmichael Hunt
          Excluded players thought Cheiks was a….

        • Hoss

          To cerebral for me – maybe ‘a worthwhile punt ?’

  • Nutta

    I’m not writing poetry.

    The English are clearly the favourites. Good for them. Their performances deserve it.

    But I reckon the Jarpy’s will do it.

    All I hope is it’s a game worth watching with minimal TMO involvement.

    • onlinesideline

      Oh cmonnn Nutta, pull ya Nib out. Its the last day of the season.

      • Hoss

        You meant to type ‘nib’ right?????????

        • Nutta

          In an office full of women I am leaving my nib squarely tucked away where it is.

        • onlinesideline

          just tell them it has been an annus horribilus – they’ll understand

        • Nutta

          I went to a Christian Bros Boarding School. You leave your nib well out of my annus.

        • Hoss

          Still laughing out loud.

  • Yowie

    … with 14 male and six female teams battling it out for the silverware.

    I reckon the male teams will win that one just through sheer numbers.

  • onlinesideline

    there once was a game called rugby
    that was everything and more, not thugby
    but calling a spade a spade
    I would have much prefered Quade
    Over those Tahs that call home the Lord Dudley

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    The poetry is great. Far to clueless to do this myself but loving it.
    I won’t write off SA but I think England are too strong and will have a better game plan. I would have backed NZ over the Boks so backing England to take it.
    And us to come 3rd

    • Yowie

      KRL is just being modest about his poetry skills. These are the first two lines of a draft he sent me privately:-
      I though the All Blacks would win four world cups
      But instead we’ll just have to eat chips

      • onlinesideline

        I thought the Blacks would win four cups
        and return Bill to the land of fuush and chuups
        With Sonny Bill and a cool 9 mill
        and Kieren and Ruchie saying goodbye
        what will happen to my beloved All Bluckks ?

        • AllyOz

          you misspelt Sonny Bull’s name

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Hahahaha gold mate

    • onlinesideline

      leaving Crotty out and Coles out, picking Scott Barrett, including BR who was underdone big time IMO – fatal mistakes. That Coles is a match winner and loves the big stage. Im not saying that the Poms were just ON and the kiwis a bit flat but selections I feel Hansen got plain wrong.

      • juswal

        Scott Barrett is the kiwi Ned Hannigan.

      • AllyOz

        I don’t know why they replaced a 6 with a 5.5. They said it was to shore up their lineout but they actually lost a couple against the throw in the first half so even that part of the plan didn’t work. I think they either needed Crotty or Ben Smith in that side – if not both.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I tend to agree. I like Bridges but too slow at this level and not big enough to cut back inside with effect. I think Iaone would have been better.

    • Happyman

      Mate I think you would ignore the influence of the ref on the style of game.

      Jarome G will let the breakdown turn into a dockyard brawl. This will slow the game up advantage SA.
      I still favour England but I think it will be close less that 7.

      AB’s to beat the Welsh as the third game is generally a looser affair.

  • Hoss

    Yesterday,

    Yesterday all our troubles seemed to be Nathan Gray,

    A defensive system that seemed here to stay

    Oh, Cheik believes in Nathan Gray

    Suddenly, Bernie’s not half the coach he used to be

    There’s a shadow hanging over him

    Oh, redundancy came suddenly

    Why he had to go I don’t know Cheik wouldn’t say

    He said something wrong, now I long for how we played.

    Yesterday, Rugby was such an easy game to play

    Cheik played it the ‘Australian Way’

    Didn’t care what selectors say

    Why’d Spanners have to play, I don’t know Cheik wouldn’t say

    He did everything wrong, now I long for better days

    Yesterday, my love for our team was on display

    Now Its dying and seems faded away

    Oh, all we have is yesterday

    Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

    • Custard Taht

      Must be something in the Liquid we are all drinking today…..but loving all the creativity!

      • Hoss

        Pent up ‘fandom’ and nothing to invest it on.

      • Yowie

        The “creativity” stage of grief sets in 13 days after a trauma apparently.

        • onlinesideline

          yeah its called denial

        • Hoss

          No it’s not……….

        • Yowie

          If I borrow Bono’s glasses and watch the final it will look like the Wallabies are still in it…

    • Keith Butler

      Hope you satisfied with what you started! To paraphrase ‘ I’ve suffered for my poetry, now it’s your turn’.

      • Hoss

        It wasn’t me – it was Taht & Yowie. I was an innocent bystander.

        • Keith Butler

          Apologies but you have form. No one is innocent.

        • Custard Taht

          Nark!

    • Nutta

      I stand in humbled awe before the alter.

      • Hoss

        For future reference, i also accept cash.

        • Nutta

          You clearly also accept mediocrity

        • Yowie

          Well, Hoss is a long-term Aussie rugby fan….

        • Hoss

          I aspire to it.

    • Brumby Runner

      Just had to sing it out loud to Mrs BR. Went over a treat even allowing for my lack of musical expertise.

      • Hoss

        I can’t get The tune out of my mind. Helps drown out the voices- ‘shut up mother‘ – though.

        • Yowie

          With all the Beatles and metal going around today – if you want to get “Yesterday” out of your head – do a Youtube search for “leo moracchioli while my guitar gently weeps”. My 6-year-old was hard pressed to decide if the original or metal version was the definitive version of that song (but ultimately decided Beatles)

        • Hoss

          Ouch, that’s the equivalent of me taking a dump on the Mona Lisa……….

        • Yowie

          she’d still be smiling – the dirty minx!

        • Keith Butler

          Be very worried if the tune was by ABBA.

        • Hoss

          Come on mate, Take a Chance on Me.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Pure gold old boy!

      • Hoss

        Hope you have a note from Mrs Briz for your unexplained absences big unit !!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yes, They are also absences from her.

        • Hoss

          I hear you. My mistress is demanding too – downright bloody ‘needy’.

        • Brisneyland Local

          In fact I think the only reason Mrs BL and I are still married is that I am away so much. If I was around all the time she would realise what a total ass I am.

        • Hoss

          Stat circling the dates and check your avails for Brizzy Bled in 2020 – i would be a starter

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep I reckon I am up for that. I think we gather the flock and have another dinner before hand too. Maybe even a drinks session at Chateau BLL.

        • Keith Butler

          Count me in.

        • Hoss

          How progress in Tassie mate ?? You ‘out of the ground’ as yet ?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’ll be back for this. Count me in

        • Brisneyland Local

          Choice bro. How is the DMZ treating you?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Bloody interesting. I’ve got a great job and will get to see most of it

        • Brisneyland Local

          Sweet.

  • Keith Butler

    Please guys no more. Wordsworth is spinning in his grave and his daffodils have got the droop.

    • onlinesideline

      Oh Blighty I did abandon thee
      Antipodeans that now surround me
      My beloved Rose is calling in prose
      how much is a stadium ticket – anywhere in front rows ?

      • Keith Butler

        Cheers. I guess I should have expected a poetic response.

  • Crescent

    It’s being hosted in Japan – let’s at least crack on with some haiku:

    Jones the mastermind
    Rassie will seek to confound
    Ref a lottery

    • onlinesideline

      My Haiku:

      Fast Eddie a mastermind he has doth
      Rassie Erasmus may indeed confound the lot
      The Ref blows lotto and after gets blotto

      • Custard Taht

        And makes fun of a red card with a photto.

    • Yowie

      Eddie Jones’ haiku about his time after being fired from the Wallabies job:-

      in purgatory
      A lifeless object, alive
      ‘waiting reprisal

      sky is turning red
      Return to power draws near
      the sky’s crimson tears

      Awaiting the hour
      of reprisal, Your time slips
      away. Raining blood

      From lacerated
      Sky, bleeding its horror now
      I shall reign in blood

      (apologies to Jeff Hanneman & Kerry King)

      • Andrew Luscombe

        Slayer! In furtherance of the metal theme, another metal classic:

        I can’t remember anything
        Can’t tell if this is true or dream
        Deep down inside I feel to scream
        This terrible silence stops me

        Now that Cheika is through with me
        I’m waking up, I cannot see
        That there is not much left of me
        Nothing is real but pain now

        Hold my breath as I hope for Rennie
        Oh please, God, wake me

        • Yowie

          The Darkness imprisoning me
          All that I see
          Absolute horror
          I cannot kick
          I cannot run
          Ball Trapped in a ruck
          Sinbin my holding cell

        • Andrew Luscombe

          Eddie Jones has taken my space
          Taken my time
          Taken my team work

          Taken my ball
          Taken my ground
          Taken my points
          Left me in my own half

        • Nutta

          Back to the world that’s much too real
          Backs who chip-kick and named Beale
          Should have chip-kicks jammed where they can feel
          The wrath of the Punter who pays him

          Brainless tactics stick in me
          I’m sick of being RA’s novelty
          It makes me so wild I can’t breathe
          Cut these Bludgers from me

          Hold my breath whilst I wish for change
          O please God save me!

  • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

    I’m still not quite sure who to pick
    The Kiwi Slayers or the Box Kick
    I fear the very worst
    That this game will be ref-cursed
    When Bin chimes in with “Chick, Chick”

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      It was actually a really good game. Wales tested us a lot at times but too many mistakes. 3rd isn’t good but still better than 4th

  • juswal

    There is good news in the piece about the First Nations 7s squads. Someone has been thinking about doing it right. Thanks for including that, Sully.

    Thanks also for the reminder about why Eddie got boned back in ’05. The game changed a lot after the 2003 RWC and Eddie either couldn’t see what was happening or didn’t think it mattered (like Cheika after 2015).

  • AllyOz

    A lot of talk about Eddie as our new coach but, if the saffers win, how big does the margin have to be for people to lose interest in Eddie. If the margin was SA 30 – England 10 for instance, does he go from Master coach to a bloke who got lucky against the All Blacks. This will come off as overly negative and it may well be but, until he wins a World Cup final, its not worth talking about. We had a coach for the last five years who was a runner-up in a World Cup final.

    • Yowie

      On that note, RA also needs to keep a cool head about renewing the contracts of current coaches (from time to time) in all the excitement of World Cup results.

    • Mishad

      Exactly what I was thinking. People would be wise to wipe eddies shit from around their lips as it takes more than one man to make a consistent winning team. This knee jerk short term thinking based on what… England beating all-blacks once, and got lucky with 2 intercept tries against us to blow the scoreline out more than it should have. Even if Eng win tomorrow wont make Eddie a saviour we need.

    • Patrick

      What?? He has now taken three teams to the final for one narrowest of losses (us v Eng, obviously), one victory (RSA v Eng) and one to be determined…

      We are currently a good bet to lose against any top 10 side, we sacked him back when playing Australia was still intimidating for anyone but England, NZ and RSA.

      How could we possibly be turning our nose up because he hasn’t proven enough??

    • AllyOz

      I should have gone pick the margin. Didn’t quite get the score right but pretty bloody close. But honestly not the result I thought it would be and truly feel sorry for Eddie and the English team. Eddie is a great coach and has achieved a lot but not sure he is what we need at the moment. Congratulations to all the South African fans and to the team. An immense performance deserving of a World Cup victory and a great story when you look at their captain and coach and where they have come from in the last 18 months.

  • Ian

    Apologies to Dexy’s Midnight Runners….

    Go on, Raelene, oh I swear it’s my dream
    At this moment, you’ve stuffed everything
    You in the press, resigning this mess
    Verge on ecstacy
    Ah, go on, Raelene
    Go on, Raelene

    • onlinesideline

      C’monn Raelene
      From what I glean
      You’ve got eyes for Fast Eddie
      who’d want a pretty pennie
      So you’ve approached Dave Rennie
      who seems assured and steady
      but surely a review is first step
      As the silk trader was bereft
      of anything but Pooper and Tah
      They say you were a late comer
      but dont be any dumber
      by rushing the next man in charge
      Take stock young lady
      Dont hire no slim shady
      As I remind you this is Wallaby Gold

  • Ian

    Go on, Raelene, oh I swear it’s my dream
    At this moment, you’ve stuffed everything
    You in the press, resigning this mess
    Verge on ecstasy
    Ah, go on, Raelene
    Go on, Raelene

    • Ian

      Woops! Didn’t mean to post twice

  • Neil Pocock

    I thought Hegarty was off overseas…… When did that change or was I dreaming?

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well Good Afternoon GAGR’s of all persuasions. I am not as talented as the other writers / posters here. I was going to start off with “the boy stood on the burning deck with a pocket full of crackers”. But alas my talent for poetry is about as good as any of my other artistic skills. Sweet Fuck All! So I shall not attempt to murder a poem, but I was thinking a little iambic pentameter might get it going. But alas not that either. So here is BLL’s random shit:
    – RA is as unlikely to hire Eddie as I am of becoming prime Minister. They hate the smug bastard and there is no way the current lot would bring him back. (Note I said the current lot).
    – There needs to be a total boots and all review, and having Scott Johnson lead it is a fucking farce. So therefore the hiring of the new coach will be a typical Australian joke of a world wide search which has us search no further than the car park, or appoint the person we were going to anyway but hide behind the world wide search saying that person was the best choice anyway.
    – A bunch of ‘See you next Tuesdays’ need to be made unemployed, and new leadership installed. Regime change. And trust me I am not always in favour of that having served in a few places were regime didn’t necessarily generate the outcome that it was thought it would. But in this case I am in favour of it. We don’t need to rush to appoint a new coach. Wait for NZ to appoint theirs first. See who is left over and do something with that. Or, get Twiggy to take over and if we are serious about getting Eddie, I am sure he will stump up the readies for Eddy to be lured home.
    – Not that I am the biggest Dr Evil fan, but seeing him come home would surely bring some total discomfort to a lot of the old establishment. Good Fuck them too!
    – Anyway I want to see the whole board gone. The Pirate gone. Cameron Clyne gone. Cheika and his coaching Ass Clowns gone. The newly appointed other two selectors gone. If you had a hand in this, then you are gone. Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. I don’t see many people rushing to own this total an utter cluster fuck of a 5 year period in RA.
    – NZ to absolutely pummel Wales by 30 points tonight.
    – Saffa’s to beat the Soap Dodgers as they have played and won their final already.
    BLL out!

    • Nutta

      Damn I need a drink after that. Intense.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Onto my third in the QClub.

        • Custard Taht

          Qantas ain’t all that is cracked up to be.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Only if your in a pickle!

        • Yowie

          All this time i thought you were talking about The Queensland Club and wondering if their policy on having phones out in the members’ bar is more lax than at Taterstalls.
          (Not that i’m a member, but I’ve been in as a guest)

        • Brisneyland Local

          Nah not a member of any exclusive club. I apply the Groucho Marx principal. “Any club that would want me as a member, I wouldnt join!”
          Definitely the Qantas Club

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      hey mate, that was very intense. You’ve obviously been building up to it for a while. I’m not confident a full review will happen because it will mean so many people having to face up to the fact that they have contributed so much to the decline of rugby here in Aus. I think self interest will continue to reign and there will be the odd sacrifice but overall not a lot of changes.
      I’m wary of the Boks but picking England because I thought the ABs would beat the Boks so the team that beat them should do it.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yes there was a degree of pent up frustration. I agree there will not be a totally open review. RA doesnt have the guts for that. But I always believe daylight is the best disinfectant.

        • Custard Taht

          Qantas Club has showers, good place ro relieve frustration.

        • Brisneyland Local

          No one is that deserpate.!

        • Yowie

          In Aaron Smith’s Lonely Planet Guide he has some other tips on stress relief at airports.

        • MST

          I think the review was completed pre-RWC but was just kept in “draft” version until Cheika validate it. It will be published once the dust settles and be slipped in with the announcement of the new coach so they can spruik the outcome of the review.

          I can’t see Eddie becoming the Wallabies coach. IMHO the key factor that will be considered by any candidate is the simple lack of resources (players) right now. It’s a major renovation job so its a 3+ year project.

          RA will continue to be the key obstacle to Rugby success in the country for while more yet. But Castle might yet upset the Kingdom, get bored of the jesters and lay siege to the RA Castle which could be the first step in the revolution.

          Twiggy will be key player in time. RA with SANZAAR shat on a market of 50 million viewers. TV deals are king and the “Ace” when it comes to who has the power. The SARU won’t ever accept that Japan could be the SANZAAR powerhouse and the NZRU don’t want to get out of their free first class seats on SARU airways.

          I believe Twiggy needs to have his Force team play the GRR and then into a more established full Aussie Dometic comp to justify (and fund) the player wages.

        • Brisneyland Local

          100%. Sadly.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Yep I can live with that!

  • Patrick

    The fact that a very young player like Jock was on their radar is very worrying for our game though.

    Blame the U18s and U20s tournaments… but at least we kept him for now!

  • Bernie Chan

    Read the good news about the Reds signings thus far…then also had the weekend spoiled by Sully reminding me of the absolute mess Jones made of the Reds (post Wallabies…)….faark, that still hurts…

  • Patrick

    The first nations sevens story is wonderful, btw

  • Greg

    NZ/Wales scrums are a lottery

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